NORTH OGDEN -- As the owner of a bicycle shop, Matt Hasenyager has no problem pitching in when it comes to helping build a new trail. In fact, he feels somewhat obligated to offer his time and effort.
"If I make a living selling stuff to people who ride, I probably should contribute," said Hasenyager, who owns and operates Skyline Cycle on Washington Boulevard in Ogden. "It will be cool to come back and ride it when it's done."
Hasenyager was one of several volunteers, armed with rakes and shovels, who turned out on a recent morning to work on a new section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail on the benches above North Ogden and Pleasant View.
When completed, the segment will run about six miles from a spot near the mouth of North Ogden Canyon, also known as the North Ogden Divide, to Pole Patch Drive in Pleasant View.
The new section is contained within a 200-foot-wide corridor owned by Rocky Mountain Power and parallels the power lines running through the area, but users will still have a sense of being out in nature, said Mark Benigni, executive director of Weber Pathways, which has been working to secure funding for the project.
A quarter mile or so of the extension is complete, and crews plan to continue working through the fall as long as the weather allows.
Depending largely on funding, the plan is to complete the full segment next year.
The trail is designed for multiple nonmotorized uses, including hiking, mountain biking and horse riding.
Weber Pathways contracted with the International Mountain Biking Association, which has extensive experience designing and building trails all over the world.
Joey Klein, the IMBA trail specialist in charge of the work, said the trail will accommodate people of all skill levels.
While the current trails in the area are a patchwork of roads and paths with some very steep sections that make it difficult for bikers, the new section is being built specifically to maximize the recreational potential of people at all skill levels, Klein said.
"Little kids will be able to ride it, but a pro rider will have a great time also."
Klein, who has worked on trails from Scotland to Singapore and Australia to Jerusalem, said the Ogden area is "optimal" for biking.
"This rock is what we're all after," he said.
So far, donations have come from multiple sources and in various forms.
Rocky Mountain Power granted access to the land, and Wasatch Civil Engineering provided free surveying services to identify property boundaries.
In terms of money, various private donors have contributed.
Perhaps the most notable is Ruth Orton, an avid member of the women's hiking group Power Hikers who wanted to make a contribution before passing away in July.
A significant contribution also came from Brett and Taylor Satterthwaite, owners of Biker's Edge.
Weber County RAMP funds are also going toward the project. RAMP funds come from a tax approved by Weber County voters in 2004 that allows the county to impose a local sales tax of one-tenth of 1 percent, which is 1 cent on a $10 sale, to improve recreation, arts, museums and parks.
So far, about half the funding for the trail has been secured.
At an estimated cost of $6 to $8 per foot, a six-mile section will cost roughly $190,000 to $250,000.
The best way to keep costs down, Benigni said, is through volunteer work. People who are willing to donate time to help build the trail are just as valuable as those who give money, he said.
"It's about the community coming together to create something everyone can enjoy."
As part of its contract with Weber Pathways, IMBA is holding trail-building clinics to teach volunteers how to properly build a trail, so those who are able to volunteer are encouraged to do so, even if they lack experience.
The next trail work session is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today. Volunteers can come anytime during those hours and put in as much or as little time as they have to offer.
Matt Howard and Andrew Decker, of The Bike Shoppe in Ogden, were among the group of volunteers on a recent outing.
Howard said store employees have been working on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail system throughout the Ogden area for decades.
"We're looking forward to riding (the new section)," he said.
"Having more trails and better trails in the area helps our business, so we're happy to give something back."